If you’re wondering, “should I start a blog” or “is blogging dead” this post is for you. I’ll share why blogging is still a good idea, as well as show you the absolute best way to start a blog quickly.
Years ago, I literally started a blog on a whim. I had no idea how blogging would impact my life and the blessings I would receive as a result.
Fast forward to 2020 and many (many!) things have changed in blogging. Some say blogging in 2020 is dead. I disagree. Sure, you can’t do the same things I did ten years ago, but blogging is alive and well, so if you’re wondering, “Do I need a blog?” the answer is yes, and here is why I think you should start a blog TODAY.
And yes, I’m obviously biased because this is, in fact, a blog post. :)
5 Reasons Why You Should Start a Blog in 2020
Blogging helps you develop a creative writing habit
Recent studies show that just 15-20 minutes of creative writing a day for three straight days is proven to improve your mood. So not only does creative writing help our brains process information, it literally makes us feel better. Is blogging worth it? Absolutely! Who doesn’t need that? A blog is a great way to organize and record your writing, cultivate a writing habit, and share your work with others… or keep it to yourself. You pick.
Blogging is a way to make money
I never intended to monetize my blog when I first started way back when. But as my blog grew, so did my blogging expenses. I knew I needed a way to cover those costs if I were to continue blogging. After lots of thought, prayer, and discussion with my husband, I enrolled in my very first blog training in 2014. In that training, I learned from my blogging mentor, Ruth Soukup, how to create digital products.
Within 3 months, I had created my very first digital product and in just a few days time, that product brought in around $3,000. Blogging has allowed my creativity to flourish and has supported my family in the process. I’m so thankful!
Blogging is a way to write a book
Studies show that up to 85% of us want to write a book. Sadly, most of us never will. But have you considered that blogging is an easy way to write your book? That’s right, you can totally blog your book! Writing a thousand or so words at a time is a sure-fire way to get a book finished. That’s exactly what I did for my book here.
Blogging allows you to communicate & connect online
Let’s face it, we live in the digital age where relationships are easier found online than they are in real life. I’m not advocating that necessarily, just stating the way things are. While social media is a great way to keep up with friends and family, there are benefits of personal blogging. A blog allows you to meet new people who share your same values, document your thoughts or life, and share more deeply. I’ve made incredible friends online because of blogging and had the privilege of meeting other bloggers and writers such as Ruth Soukup and Ann Voskamp.
Blogging will grow you as a person.
I saved the best reason for last. Being a blogger has stretched me in ways unimaginable. From persevering through seasons when I wanted to quit, to not having enough money to pay bills and putting on my creative blogging hat for an answer, to dealing with hate mail, blogging has pushed me to be a better person.
I’ve grown because of the wonderful relationships I’ve made online and the bloggers I’ve had the joy of rubbing shoulders with. Blogging has forced me to find expression to deep work God has done in my life. It’s held me to a higher standard than I otherwise might have held myself to.
Blogging has been an absolute blessing in my life.
I know it can be in yours too.
Now, let’s talk about blogging mistakes for a sec, shall we? Because truth is, knowing what NOT to do is just as important as knowing what TO do. To help navigate the changing terrain, I rely on others within the blogging community to share up-to-date information.
THIS WEEK, Ruth Soukup is hosting an all-new workshop on 7 Blogging Mistakes to Avoid. This training is brand new for 2020 and a great way to cut through the noise, sidestep the pitfalls, and blog smart. The LIVE training happens on Thursday, March 5th right here. It’s 100% FREE so get in on this training while you still can!
So how do you get started with a blog?
This step by step guide will show you exactly how to set up your blog TODAY. This easy to follow guide is also from my blog mentor, Ruth Soukup. She has taught thousands of people how to start and grow a blog and I highly recommend learning from her!
When you sign up for this guide, she’ll also send you other don’t-miss trainings and resources to help you start a blog. I’ve learned from Ruth for 7 years now and look forward to anything she puts out. So go grab your guide!
Let me know once you start your blog and leave your url in the comments so I can check it out! Best wishes! AJ